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Evergreen Tom Watson driven by war heroes

Tom Watson finished another memorable Open with a 72 yesterday and then talked about a moving visit to battlefields in France before he travelled to Sandwich.

It included Pointe du Hoc, where Allied forces came under attack from Germans on the clifftop above them.

"It was like me playing Phil Mickelson on this golf course," he said.

"Talk about a disadvantage. And to see the 9,000-plus marble crosses (at Omaha Beach) is a striking reminder of what the human condition can do.

"I was very emotional seeing that. It certainly has that effect on you."

Watson, who holed-in-one during his second round and held the early clubhouse lead during the third round, was playing his 34th Open thanks to his second place at Turnberry in 2009.

That prompted a change in the championship rules to allow former winners to continue beyond their 60th birthday if they manage a top 10 finish and the five-times champion plans to be at Lytham next July - "if everything is OK with me."

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